Internship Lessons Learned

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Internship Lessons Learned

  1. 1. INTERNSHIPNUTS & BOLTSLessons learned on the both sides of a counterby Vladimir NesterenkoPresented at the Kyiv School of Economics on April 8, 2013
  2. 2. Internship is probably the mostpowerful career booster ever, but only when fueled with enthusiasm and starts from correct expectations.
  3. 3. How interns see it
  4. 4. How employers see it
  5. 5. A good candidate
  6. 6. An ideal candidate (look at her face)
  7. 7. What’s next? -- Strategy• What are the firms you want to work for after the internship?• What is the job you plan to apply for after the internship?• Learn the requirements from the job ads -- what skills are you lacking at the moment?• Prepare a cover letter and tune-up your CV to look as a good potential match – now, not after the internship• Apply for internship to the firms and jobs of your choice
  8. 8. Making the most of it• Ask questions (prove curiosity)• Be accurate (reliability)• Learn from your mistakes (admit you will make lots of those)• Don’t explain why you did wrong – just do it right next time• Ask for work (motivation and productivity)• Respect deadlines (responsibility)• Appreciate advice (maturity)• Talk, smile (prove your are a human -- sociability)• Ask for feedback (motivation, responsibility)• Analyze it (work on your internship report from the start)• Get recommendationsImportant note: even if you realized it is not an internship ofyour dream, you can still make much use of it
  9. 9. Post-internship marketing• Write a thank you letter• Finish your internship report (slides recommended)• Send it directly to your mentor(s), with a copy to HR• Ask for recommendations• Add the report and recommendations it to your social profile (e.g., LinkedIn). …Didn’t you know HRs use social media a lot?• Later you can send those to potential employers as a part of application pack (if appropriate), or attach it to the interview follow-up letter (especially if you were asked what did you do during your internship)• Don’t forget to update your CV (put your internship before the education section)
  10. 10. Food for thoughthttp://www.slideshare.net/choehn/recessionproof-graduate-1722966
  11. 11. Act. Nowhttp://www.slideshare.net/nesterenkov

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